There are lots of ways to celebrate New Year’s Eve with kids in Atlanta. I love the idea of making New Year’s Eve a family friendly holiday so the kids can join in on the fun!
Although there are great adults-only events for celebrating the new year at places like the Georgia Aquarium or Park Tavern, there are plenty of family friendly choices too. If you can’t make it to the Times Square Ball Drop in New York City (or don’t want to!) — Atlanta’s got you covered.
Ready to learn about more things to do on New Years Eve with the kids in Atlanta, Georgia? Here are some great family-friendly activities and events we know you’ll love. (And will have you home in time for watching the ball drop!)
STONE MOUNTAIN PARK EARLY CELEBRATION
Stone Mountain Park | 1000 Robert E Lee Blvd | Stone Mountain
DETAILS: Dec. 31, 2023 at 9pm
Celebrate the new year at Stone Mountain Park! Because kids are just as excited to ring in the New Year as their parents, but need to be in bed before midnight, Stone Mountain Park is set to host an early New Year’s Eve Celebration.
During Stone Mountain Christmas on Dec. 31, Stone Mountain Park will operate their Stone Mountain Christmas event as usual and then they’ll ring in the early New Year with a magical snowfall and early 2024 countdown. When the clock strikes 9 pm, enjoy snow and fireworks to usher in the early New Year!
Kids’ Early New Year’s Eve is available during Stone Mountain Christmas and is included with a daily Christmas Attractions Pass or annual Mountain Membership.
NEW YEAR’S EVE BUBBLE BASH AT THE CHILDREN’S MUSEUM
Children’s Museum of Atlanta | 275 Centennial Olympic Park Dr NW | Atlanta | 404.527.3693
DETAILS: Play Session A: 9:30-11:30 am, countdown at 11am; Play Session B: 12:30-2:30pm, countdown at 2pm; Play Session C: 3:30-5:30pm, countdown at 5pm
Join the Children’s Museum of Atlanta for a special kid-friendly New Year’s countdown!
Join the museum for a special kid-friendly New Year’s countdown! You’ll laugh, dance, play games, and more. Enjoy music from their DJ, hands-on fun, and ring in the new year with their yearly bubble-wrap-popping tradition!
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT AVALON
Hotel at Avalon | 400 Avalon Blvd | Alpharetta
Details: Dec. 31, 2023 from 10am-12:30pm
Have little ones with early bedtimes? Kick-off your New Year’s celebration early and come out to the Noon Year’s Eve Party at The Hotel at Avalon!
This family-friendly event invites partygoers of all ages to ring in 2024 with live music from DJ Willy Wow, face painting, crafts, and a countdown to Noon when a giant balloon drop will welcome in the new year!
The event will include face painting, New Year’s activities, complimentary snacks from cotton candy and popcorn booths and a donut wall, and photo opportunities in their Noon Year’s Eve photo booth and balloon wall. A kids-only bubbly bar will offer sparking juices to splash and garnish! Mimosas & additional adult beverages along with a food pop-up will also be available for purchase.
Guests can participate in a silent auction for the chance to win family-focused prizes and proceeds from the auction will benefit Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
NOON YEAR’S EVE ON THE ROOF
The Roof at Ponce City Market | 675 Ponce de Leon Ave | Atlanta
Details: Sat., Dec. 31, 2023 from 10am-3pm
Save the date for The Roof’s annual Noon Year’s Eve celebration!
Skyline Park will host an all-ages, family-friendly celebration for parents and children of all ages to ring in 2023 as guests countdown to Noon. All-Access tickets include admission and gameplay for $25 for all ages (3 years and under are free) and can be pre-purchased online here or at the door. Ice skating can be added day-of for an additional $10 and is based on availability.
It’s a New Year’s party the kids won’t soon forget!
NEW YEAR’S EVE AT THE BATTERY
The Battery ATL | 800 Battery Ave SE #130 | Atlanta
Details: Early Innings for families and kids will begin at 6pm on Dec. 31, 2023, in the Plaza
The Battery Atlanta will ring in 2024 in style with its annual New Year’s Eve Bash presented by Xfinity, featuring an early countdown geared towards families and a traditional late-night show leading into the New Year.
The Early Inning celebrations will begin at 6 p.m. with music from four-time GRAMMY Nominee Brady Rymer on the Georgia Power Pavilion Stage. Following the performance, children can join host Mark Owens for a countdown to an inflatable balloon drop at 8 p.m.
Late Innings begin at 9 p.m. as emcee Mark Owens welcomes 12 South Band, as festivities culminate with an aerial firework and confetti display over Truist Park at midnight.
Parking in the Red, Green, Yellow, Purple, Silver, Delta, 900, and 1100 Decks, and Surface Lots will be free for this event beginning at 6pm on December 31, 2023 and will continue until 12pm on January 1, 2024. Please note, the Orange Deck is not included.
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT LEGO DISVOVERY CENTER ATLANTA
LEGO Discovery Center Atlanta | Phipps Plaza | Buckhead
DETAILS: Dec. 31, 2023 from 10am-1pm
Celebrate the new year with your kids at LEGO Discovery Center Atlanta at Phipps Plaza. Arrive before noon to celebrate with the LEGO Ball Drop! Grab a complimentary 2024 headband (while supplies last) and bring in the new year with a glass of sparkling apple cider!
Don’t forget to celebrate with a LEGO character in the build challenge area for a group dance party! This event is included in the price of admission.
NOON YEAR’S EVE AT SPARKLES FUN CENTERS
Sparkles Family Fun Centers | Kennesaw and Hiram locations
DETAILS: Dec. 31, 2023, Noon-6pm
Celebrate the new year a little early at the Noon Year’s Eve kids event at the Sparkles Family Fun Centers in either Hiram or Kennesaw.
During this fun skating event, your kids will receive a prize, get a hat and horn, see a 4,000+ balloons drop from the ceiling, and fun with their characters — Mario and Bluey.
Your $25 admission includes skating and rental, and either access to the playground or one game of laser tag.
THINGS TO DO ON NEW YEARS EVE WITH KIDS
Although these places aren’t hosting New Years Eve events, they are open on New Years Eve and would make a great way to spend the day with your kids and close out 2023 in style!
ZIP LINING AT HISTORIC BANNING MILLS
Historic Banning Mills | 205 Horseshoe Dam Road | Whitesburg | 770.834.9149
Zip into the new year with some fun in the trees on the zipline courses at Historic Banning Mills.
Holding two Guinness Book of World Records for the Tallest Freestanding Climbing Wall, and for the Longest Continuous Zip-Wire (line) course, Banning Mills is the perfect location to spend an exhilarating weekend away testing limits and overcoming fears.
The Quick Trekker Belay system, which is the new and improved safety equipment used at Historic Banning Mills, creates an extremely safe experience. This system allows the hooks to slide around the cable so guests never have to worry about unhooking and can maximize time on the course.
BLUE RIDGE SCENIC RAILWAY
241 Depot Street | Blue Ridge
Details: Winter Excursion ride departs at 11am on 12/31
All aboard for 2024! Spend the last day of 2023 aboard the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway with the whole family!
Bundle up and sip on a cup of hot chocolate as the train calmly rolls along the Toccoa River and through the scenic Appalachian foothills. The Winter Excursion ride is a 4-hour trip that departs at 11am on Dec. 31, 2023. Riders take a 4-hour, 26-mile roundtrip journey along the Toccoa River to McCaysville, GA / Copperhill, TN. There is a 2-hour layover in these cities.
The kids will just love it!
ILLUMINIGHTS AT ZOO ATLANTA
Illuminights at Zoo Atlanta will still be happening on Dec. 31, 2023.
After dark, guests can explore more than 80 lanterns representing flora and fauna, both real and imagined – some life-sized, and others larger-than-life.
Each lantern is made and hand-painted by artisans, representing thousands of hours of work. In keeping with Zoo Atlanta’s commitment to sustainability, each lantern also features environmentally friendly LED lights.
Tickets are available for time slots from 5:30pm-7:30 and the event lasts until 9:30pm.
Many of the city’s ice skating rinks are open on New Years Eve, including Avalon, Atlantic Station, and Park Tavern.
Bundle up, rent some skates, and enjoy the last hours of 2023 sliding across the ice (on skates I hope) under the night sky. Your kids will have a blast! Most ice skating rinks also offer hot cocoa and other snacks too.
Fernbank Museum of Natural History is open on New Year’s Eve and would make a great way to spend the day! Your General Admission ticket includes access to all indoor museum exhibits, one movie in the Giant Screen Theater, plus all outdoor experiences in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest. They always have fun, family-friendly programming going on here.
Georgia Aquarium has transformed into a Winter Waterland — and you and the kids can still experience all it has to offer on Dec. 31, 2023.
Take in the sights and sounds of the holiday season in their atrium with holiday music, winter-inspired projections, a water fountain display and the daily lighting of their 30-foot live tree.
They also have a holiday-themed dolphin show, 4D movies, and of course, their amazing animal exhibits.
The aquarium will be open from 8am to 4pm, before they close to the general public to get ready for their adults-only New Years Eve event.
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